NSLHD News July 31

Erin Lamond (back left), , Kolling Institute Executive Project Manger Christine Anderson, Director of People and Culture Paula Williscroft, Consumer Representative Steph Sanbrook (front left) Rachael Fisher and CE Deb Willcox

Lights, camera, action for 2020 s first innovation winners It looked a bit different to normal due to COVID-19, but NSLHD’s Innovation Program returned with a bang and a $45,500 cheque. Originally scheduled for April, the pitch was postponed until July but they were worth the wait with the judging panel facing a tough choice to decide the winner. However, they weren’t the only winners with Chief Executive Deb Willcox also choosing to fund Outside the Box - a collaborative education program to help clinicians understand the experiences of carers so they are better prepared to work with families to the benefit of the patient and their clinical outcomes.

In the end, Rachael Fisher and Erin Lamond from Graythwaite Rehab at Ryde Hospital took out the title of Pitch Winners and Best Presenters, a popular vote by the audience. Rachael and Erin’s project, Lights Camera Action: Superstar Graythwaite was awarded $45,500 to better prepare patients for their transfer and stay in the rehabilitation ward by engaging patients earlier with communication via video in 5 different languages.

This idea was pitched by carer peer workers Simon Johnson and Robyn Fallshaw and Family and Carer Program Manager Angela Hunter from Mental Health Drug and Alcohol. Manager Strategy and Service Integration Anna Giuffrida said the Innovation Program had improved patient care since 9ts inception and believed the latest winners would continue that theme. “It was great to be able to finally come together in a socially distant way to enjoy and celebrate innovation in the District,” she said. “There continues to be a trend for developing video content, however the innovative idea lies in the way that staff want to improve the way they communicate and engage patients and carers to improve patient care and their outcomes. “The Innovation Program is all about improving patient care.” Applications for the November Pitch close on October 7. Details can be found nslhd.health. nsw.gov.au/improvementhub or by emailing NSLHD-innovationProgram@health.nsw.gov.au to discuss your idea.

Erin Lamond and Rachael Fisher scooped $45,000 for their Innovation Project.



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